At St Monica's we believe that the development of Literacy is a lifelong process. Our society uses oral, visual and written language. All members need to be literate in English, for their survival, and well-being, and for the welfare of society.


The definition of Literacy that most suits our Mission and goals, for the community in our school and our beliefs about English reads:

' Literacy is the ability to read and use written information and to write appropriately in a range of contexts. It is used to develop knowledge and understanding, to achieve personal growth and to function effectively in our society.

Literacy involves the integration of speaking, listening and critical thinking with reading and writing.'

Source: Department of Employment, Education and Training, Australia's Language and Literacy Policy, companion volume to policy paper, AGPS, Canberra 1991:9.)


The Australian Curriculum: The English Curriculum is organised into three interrelated strands that support students' growing understanding and use of Standard Australian English (English). Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. The three strands are:


We endeavour to deliver contemporary quality learning opportunities in English and provide a rich language environment where children are encouraged to listen, talk, read and write every day. St Monica's has adopted the Archdiocesan Literacy priorities which include the following:


Assessment in English falls under two key headings:


The NSW Foundation handwriting is the preferred handwriting style of our school.